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The Threat to the National Arboretum (humanbeing) "The U.S. National Arboretum in Beltsville, Maryland, has plans next summer to destroy several thousand azaleas because of cuts to the agency's budget. The arboretum also has said that.....- 1/6/2011 7:01:16 PM
Good at Theatre, Dreadful at Governing (humanbeing) "It's often said in Washington that Republicans are better in opposition than at governing, and the last two years have borne out this observation with a vengeance. It sure looks like it&#.....- 1/6/2011 12:03:54 PM
Help Wanted: Good Leaders (pstern) Happy New Year everyone!   Help Wanted:  Good Leaders   by Peter Stern     It is true that we need better leaders in all areas in government and.....- 1/6/2011 10:09:26 AM
Peak Oil (humanbeing) Happy New Year everyone!   Help Wanted:  Good Leaders   by Peter Stern     It is true that we need better leaders in all areas in government and.....- 1/5/2011 7:21:20 PM
At least some Americans can figure this out (humanbeing) "NEW YORK (Reuters) – Most Americans think the United States should raise taxes for the rich to balance the budget, according to a 60 Minutes/Vanity Fair poll released on Monday. Pre.....- 1/5/2011 7:03:59 PM
Spiritual Fitness for The Army (humanbeing) "An experimental, Army mental-health, fitness initiative designed by the same psychologist whose work heavily influenced the psychological aspects of the Bush administration's torture prog.....- 1/5/2011 6:59:48 PM
Court Says No Warrant Needed to Search Cell Phones (humanbeing) "The next time you're in California, you might not want to bring your cell phone with you. The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can search the cell phone of a person who&#.....- 1/5/2011 1:36:35 PM
Federal Appeals Court says cross on federal land is unconstitutional (pharper) CNN - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a cross displayed on public property for nearly a century is unconstitutional. Three versions of the Christian symbol have been erected atop 822.....- 1/5/2011 12:11:55 AM
Thanks to President Obama and the Democrats for putting my two daughters on my insurance (pharper) I am very glad the health care bill passed and is now in effect! My two daughters now, as of 1/1/2011, are on my insurance where they both had been previously too old. Shame on Republicans in.....- 1/4/2011 5:51:17 PM
Deep Hole Economics by Paul Krugman, NYT (humanbeing) "If there’s one piece of economic wisdom I hope people will grasp this year, it’s this: Even though we may finally have stopped digging, we’re still near the bottom of a very.....- 1/3/2011 8:16:20 PM
It's 2011, time to get busy working on the web site Somervell County Judge Mike Ford (pharper) To give new Somervell County Judge Mike Ford a checklist, here's some things he should be getting done quite soon on the Somervell County web site, at least in my opinion: Take Walter M.....- 1/3/2011 12:16:23 PM
2011-Happy New Years Day-Time's Sweeping Day (salon) Time's Sweeping Day From "Men, Women and Emotions" by E Wilcox, 1893 New Year always seems to me like Time's sweeping day. Bright and early, like a good servant, he is up an.....- 1/1/2011 9:16:09 AM
More Insanity (humanbeing) "PESHAWAR: Mostly Small Smart Weapon (SSW) or Scorpion Missile was fired in the 118 US drone attacks carried out in Pakistan during 2010, killing over 600 people and causing injuries of scores.....- 12/31/2010 7:28:04 PM
2010 Year in Review- October -November-December -Somervell County Salon (salon) October Mike Ford wants to simplify consitutuents interaction??? What STOPS Somervell County from putting check registers online? Too Big To Fail? Mike Ford and GRMC Cathy Thomas n.....- 12/31/2010 2:37:10 PM
2010 Year in Review September-Somervell County Salon (salon) September Explosion in Hood County fault of Enterprise Products Operating LLC City of Glen Rose didn't get swimming pool grant for Oakdale Park Michael Sneed and asking for criminal.....- 12/31/2010 1:01:37 PM
Agenda for Somervell County Hospital Authority dba GRMC Jan 4 2011 (salon) Thank you, Ann Best ********* Somervell County Hospital Authority d/b/a Glen Rose Medical Center Meeting of Board of Directors January 4th, 2011 Inn on the River Conference Center.....- 12/31/2010 11:26:58 AM
2010 Year in Review (May-June-July-August) Somervell County Salon (salon) May Who Can WE Blame for our financial mess? Bigot Franklin Graham Whines that Obama needs to MAKE the Pentagon Let him pray at event Kirk Watson Snarks at Perry's Coyote story .....- 12/31/2010 10:02:53 AM
Which Was the Worst? (humanbeing) "Bankers. The red carpet's still being rolled out for them in Washington, but if there's a stain on it they'll pout for days. Jason Linkins documents the latest set of cheap white .....- 12/30/2010 7:23:14 PM
But hey, this is Texas and we just gotta have MORE (humanbeing) BASTROP, Texas (AP) — Along a stretch of Highway 21, in Texas' pastoral Hill Country, is a vegetative wasteland. Trees are barren, or covered in gray, dying foliage and peeling bark. Fall.....- 12/28/2010 6:06:27 PM
Heh. This dog is having a bad day. (salon) BASTROP, Texas (AP) — Along a stretch of Highway 21, in Texas' pastoral Hill Country, is a vegetative wasteland. Trees are barren, or covered in gray, dying foliage and peeling bark. Fall.....- 12/28/2010 1:54:24 PM
For 2011- Collaborative Citizen Journalism-How To Do It (salon) As a companion piece, here's some thoughts on exactly how you can find out AND SHARE what you find, at least from my own experience. ASK that all local government entities put their audio onlin.....- 12/28/2010 12:54:40 PM
For 2011-Collaborative Citizen Journalism (salon) Imagine for a moment that all those who truly care about being involved and knowledgeable about their local govenrment activities decided to take a small part of their energy to collect and share a.....- 12/28/2010 12:24:15 PM
25 Years of Christmas (salon) Imagine for a moment that all those who truly care about being involved and knowledgeable about their local govenrment activities decided to take a small part of their energy to collect and share a.....- 12/28/2010 10:32:01 AM
2010-Year in Review (April) Somervell County Salon (salon) GRMC holds Town Hall meeting Is Jimmy Hoffa's body buried inside the Giants stadium? Energy Future Holdings Bonds Now Even Riskier What are City of Glen Roses's thoughts on Home.....- 12/28/2010 9:14:33 AM
2010-The Year in Review (March) Somervell County Salon (salon) State and County Nursing Homes are fair game for Civil Lawsuits More on Community Hospital Corporation that GRMC went with Where's the plan for Oakdale? What happened to the Oakdal.....- 12/28/2010 8:52:21 AM
2010-The Year in Review (February) - Somervell County Salon (salon) February 2010 - Here's link to January About Chet Edwards HRSA Earmark Grant to GRMC What about that Million Dollar Shortfall from GRMC? Okay to traffic in children if you're a .....- 12/27/2010 10:48:47 AM
Top 50 Posts of 2010 for Year- Somervell County Salon (salon) 1. Review: 2010 GOP Primary --- Propositions (2/3/2010) (11432)  2. Ruminations of the Easily Amused for July 2 2010 (7/2/2010) (4623)  3. Hooters Not a Topless Joint-So.....- 12/27/2010 9:00:26 AM
2010-The Year in Review (January) - Somervell County Salon (salon) January 2010 4b Wanted to Get the Palace Theatre-Caylor Creek eventually got it. Texas Stadium was blown up Oakdale Park got a walkthrough, having been purchased in late 2009 .....- 12/27/2010 8:46:21 AM
New Years Resolutions for 2011 (salon) I really love this time of year. I always feel that it's the time for taking stock of one's life and deciding what one will do in the future, whether it's the same old same old or somet.....- 12/26/2010 11:29:52 AM
At least you're not fighting the Guinea Worm (humanbeing) ABUYONG, Sudan — Lily pads and purple flowers dot one corner of the watering hole. Bright green algae covers another. Two women collect water in plastic jugs while a cattle herder bathes near.....- 12/25/2010 10:47:35 PM
Greenhouse Emissions, Texas and the EPA (humanbeing) WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it will seize authority from Texas to regulate major emitters of greenhouse gases because Gov. Rick Perry and state regulat.....- 12/24/2010 9:05:06 AM
The Health Bill for First Responders, 9/11 (humanbeing) America should feel ashamed right about now. This week, nine years after 9/11, our illustrious Congress finally made a deal to pass a bill funding heath care benefits for those dedicated people, th.....- 12/23/2010 7:09:46 PM
Lessons I've Learned About Politics - December 23 2010 (salon) I spent most of my life unconcerned with voting or politics. I've pretty much voted in all major elections, skipped the local ones (until the last 4 or 5 years) and never found much that power .....- 12/23/2010 1:37:45 PM
Wonderful! Photos from 2010 (salon) I spent most of my life unconcerned with voting or politics. I've pretty much voted in all major elections, skipped the local ones (until the last 4 or 5 years) and never found much that power .....- 12/23/2010 10:54:06 AM
Fracting in North Texas (humanbeing) "The attorney for both the Harris family and Ms. Mitchell recently stated: "The full scope of ground water contamination in the Barnett Shale will not be known for some time, however it a.....- 12/23/2010 7:42:14 AM
Hilarious Photos-Santa or Serial Killer? (salon) "The attorney for both the Harris family and Ms. Mitchell recently stated: "The full scope of ground water contamination in the Barnett Shale will not be known for some time, however it a.....- 12/22/2010 10:51:40 PM
Agenda for Somervell County Hospital Authority dba Glen Rose Medical Cener Dec 23 2010 (salon) Somervell County Hospital Authority d/b/a Glen Rose Medical Center Meeting of Board of Directors December 23, 2010 Community Room Glen Rose Medical Center 07:30 am I. Ca.....- 12/22/2010 2:27:25 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for Dec 22 2010 (salon) Taking a short break between projects, still on track to having all the 2010 stuff DONE by the end of this year. I have a ton of papers to sort today and still making candy this week. Going to try .....- 12/22/2010 2:30:39 PM
New arrests posted (enadaze) Taking a short break between projects, still on track to having all the 2010 stuff DONE by the end of this year. I have a ton of papers to sort today and still making candy this week. Going to try .....- 12/20/2010 1:46:24 PM
The Zombies Win (humanbeing) "When historians look back at 2008-10, what will puzzle them most, I believe, is the strange triumph of failed ideas. Free-market fundamentalists have been wrong about everything — yet t.....- 12/20/2010 10:14:21 AM
Playing For Change Around the World (humanbeing) "When historians look back at 2008-10, what will puzzle them most, I believe, is the strange triumph of failed ideas. Free-market fundamentalists have been wrong about everything — yet t.....- 12/19/2010 10:15:53 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for December 19 2010 (salon) Went to a holiday party yesterday, had a great time. Was hub's company dinner, at a place that I also used to work at, although I didn't know anyone at the dinner. I do enjoy meeting people.....- 12/19/2010 10:33:56 AM
Video-Neil Young Covers *Whip My Hair* -heh. (salon) Went to a holiday party yesterday, had a great time. Was hub's company dinner, at a place that I also used to work at, although I didn't know anyone at the dinner. I do enjoy meeting people.....- 12/19/2010 8:29:32 AM
2011 Stock Show and Rodeo (silenceisgolden) I'm a proud parent of a Glen Rose High School Senior.  Her name is Ashley Thompson and she entered the 2011 Star-Telegram Art Contest for the Stock Show & Rodeo.  I got word last .....- 12/19/2010 8:39:08 AM
Happy Holidays! Where'd the *War on Christmas* Come From, Anyway? (salon) Oh, that's right. Started with the Puritans. There was only one successful “war on Christmas” in America’s history.  It was a war fought by a group of people who .....- 12/18/2010 9:36:48 AM
...In a Ghastly Sort of Way (humanbeing) LONDON — After nine months of tests, researchers in France have identified the head of France's King Henry IV, who was assassinated in 1610 at the age of 57. The scientific tests.....- 12/17/2010 6:38:14 PM
The Promise of Christmas Free Event (enadaze) Apparently this is the last weekend for this christmas program put on by the producers of The Promise.  Somehow I was not aware of this until I saw a link from one of my Facebook friends. .....- 12/17/2010 1:19:55 PM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for December 17 2010 (salon) Light posting for the next couple of weeks as I go for finishing up 2010 projects, and generally relax. Except for a few more video clips I intend to post, just to call out a point. Otherwise, it&#.....- 12/17/2010 11:41:36 AM
Murder in Hood County? (enadaze) As I was reviewing the weekely jail activity report I noticed that he are now the proud babysitters of a female inmate from Hood County being held on a bench warrant for the charge of Murder. .....- 12/17/2010 9:57:18 AM
Agenda for GRISD School Board Meeting Dec 16 2010 (salon) Link to site Notice of Regular Meeting The Board of Trustees Glen Rose Independent School District A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Glen Rose Independent School District will.....- 12/16/2010 2:00:58 PM
Remember When the Glen Rose Post Office Collection Box Was Broken Into? Fort Worth Man gets 15 Years in Slammer (salon) FW Star-Telegram A Fort Worth man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Monday for stealing mail from post office collection boxes in order to produce counterfeit checks and IDs......- 12/16/2010 8:51:54 AM
The Crying Game by Gail Collins, NYT (humanbeing) "We’ve had to adjust to so many strange developments lately. I’m sure we’ll get used to having a speaker of the House who weeps a lot. That would be John Boehner, the new.....- 12/16/2010 8:47:25 AM
Smack! Govt DOES Have to Get Warrants To Obtain Cell Site Information on Telephone Customers (salon) Remember how yesterday FINALLY an appeals court said that the goverment cannot spy on American's emails without getting a warrant? Because, um, otherwise, it violates the 4th amendment? ALS.....- 12/16/2010 8:35:34 AM
What Ensures that An Events Coordinator Getting Paid a Chamber Bonus Would Treat All Comers Fairly? (salon) One of the issues I have with an events coordinator using 4b tax money and paid BY the Chamber is intensified with the knowledge that that person would receive bonuses paid by the Chamber, unless the .....- 12/15/2010 7:34:52 PM
Agenda for Addendum Meeting of Somervell County Commissioners Court Dec 17 2010 (salon) Thank you, Pat S! ************** NOTICE OF ADDENDUM COMMISSIONERS’ COURT OF SOMERVELL COUNTY TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:   PURSUANT TO THE TEXAS OPEN MEETINGS ACT.....- 12/15/2010 10:37:29 AM
The Land of Dinosaurs 80 Thousand Dollar Investment Without a Contract-Status of Open Records Request (salon) First up, video from the other night when Tom Osborn asked Darrell Best about the $80,000 investment that GREDC/4b did for Land of the Dinosaurs LLC that has no contract, but for which the 4b received.....- 12/15/2010 10:16:00 AM
Hah! Your Email is PRIVATE and requires a search warrant to be read by police (Dec 2010) (salon) Unreasonable search and seizure.. violation of the 4th amendment. What's interesting about this federal appeals court decision is that it strikes down part of a law that has been around since 1.....- 12/15/2010 9:28:55 AM
Video-Darrell Best of GREDC told City of Glen Rose They didn't have to vote on Events Coordinator (salon) UPDATED because there is a loophole for certain types of expenses that do not have to be projects, thus have ZERO public input, but still have to be associated with projects. I wrote a letter to the e.....- 12/14/2010 3:13:24 PM
Video-Glen Rose Animal Control Tammy -Rebuttal to Mike Jones-City of Glen Rose (salon) UPDATED because there is a loophole for certain types of expenses that do not have to be projects, thus have ZERO public input, but still have to be associated with projects. I wrote a letter to the e.....- 12/14/2010 6:41:50 PM
Video-Somervell County Fire Department Introduces New Members to City Council (salon) UPDATED because there is a loophole for certain types of expenses that do not have to be projects, thus have ZERO public input, but still have to be associated with projects. I wrote a letter to the e.....- 12/14/2010 11:10:16 AM
Video-Bids Before the Horse-Oakdale Swimming Pool Bids Without Newspaper Advertising? (salon) UPDATED because there is a loophole for certain types of expenses that do not have to be projects, thus have ZERO public input, but still have to be associated with projects. I wrote a letter to the e.....- 12/14/2010 7:16:32 AM
The Texas Railroad Commission and What Texans Pay for Natural Gas (humanbeing) From The Texas Observer: The Texas Railroad Commission, if it's familiar to the public at all, is known mostly for its promotion of the Texas oil and gas industry. But the commission also p.....- 12/13/2010 9:58:53 PM
Heh. Make A Wish Foundation Nor the Little Girl/Family Knew Jerry Jacene Was Coming to Glen Rose (salon) At least he got a free hotel room while he was here! More on Jacene from earlier detailing his financial troubles, the money he owes and judgments against him. via Matthew Lane of Kingsport.....- 12/13/2010 3:23:30 PM
Video-Duelling Auditors-City vs 4B On Whether City Owes Money BACK to GREDC/4b (salon) Last week the auditor that GREDC hired to look at finances gave her presentation before the 4b committee. Here's what the auditor said about how $172 thousand should be considered a receivable TO .....- 12/13/2010 2:57:13 PM
Video- About Those White Cabins at Oakdale (salon) Last week the auditor that GREDC hired to look at finances gave her presentation before the 4b committee. Here's what the auditor said about how $172 thousand should be considered a receivable TO .....- 12/13/2010 1:49:54 PM
Jerry Jacene Planning to Come to Glen Rose With His Hands Out for Money (Dec 2010) (salon) Wow! I just saw the rest of the article that was on the Kingsport, TN site about Jerry Jacene. You know, Jacene. The one who wandered behind the Comfort Inn on HWY 67 and saw, although he definitely w.....- 12/13/2010 12:31:11 PM
Another Plan for Oakdale Park-This One by Gary Ivey, New Park Manager (Audio/Pics) (salon) I have quite a bit I want to emphasize about the City of Glen Rose meeting that happened this last Saturday, but will start with audio and a picture of the new plan. I'm also going to put in th.....- 12/13/2010 11:24:51 AM
Audio City of Glen Rose Preservation Board Dec 11 2010 (salon) Here was the agenda Listen here or right click to download P.S. Why wasn't the preservation board invited to the City Council meeting that was being held at the exact same time, wh.....- 12/13/2010 10:22:15 AM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for Dec 13 2010 (salon) I have a ton of video to process, very interesting meeting on Saturday of City Council. Glen Rose also having a meeting tonight. COLD this morning, eh? The origins of Santa Claus via The Wi.....- 12/13/2010 10:09:31 AM
Comanche Peak is 5th on Loan Guarantee (Corporate Welfare) List (December 2010) (salon) Article in the Dallas Morning News explores the options Luminant has about those 2 extra reactors. Seems that because Luminant is using an untested, untried reactor, it would take longer to get app.....- 12/12/2010 11:35:10 AM
Ruminations of the Easily Amused for Dec 12 2010 (salon) Fixed an annoying problem with the webpage that caused it to load more slowly. Google adsense ads, for some reason, hold up the rest of the page loading until after they get their data. It was part.....- 12/12/2010 9:33:16 AM
Pastel Painting Workshop by Dina Gregory At Barnard's Mill (mdrake) Barnards Mill One Day Pastel Workshop                   Instructor: Dina Gregory     .....- 12/11/2010 1:26:04 PM
Agenda for Somervell County Commissioners Court Special Session Dec 17 2010 (salon) Thank you, Mary Ann Million ****************** COMMISSIONERS’ COURT MEETING OF SPECIAL SESSION OF SOMERVELL COUNTY   TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: PURSUANT TO THE T.....- 12/10/2010 10:51:06 AM
Agenda for Somervell County Commissioners Court Dec 13, 2010 (salon) Thank you, Mary Ann Million! ************ COMMISSIONERS’ COURT MEETING OF REGULAR SESSION OF SOMERVELL COUNTY   TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: PURSUANT TO THE TEXAS .....- 12/10/2010 9:56:23 AM
Agenda for City of Glen Rose Preservation Board Dec 11 2010 (salon) from door ************** City of Glen Rose Preservation Board Notice of Called Meeting Saturday, December 11, 2010 Town Hall 8:30 AM The City of Glen Rose Preservation board.....- 12/10/2010 8:24:59 AM
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